- Sodium Valproate
- Sodium Valproate–Valproic Acid
What does Phenytoin treat?
Phenytoin is an anti-seizure medication (anticonvulsant) prescribed to prevent and control seizures. Some of these seizures may take place before or after brain surgery. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Phenytoin dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label.
Missed a dose?
Use it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never use a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Phenytoin is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Phenytoin.
It may also interact with:
It may also interact with some sedatives, sulfa drugs and stomach acid reducers. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Phenytoin might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be constipation, abdominal pain, trouble sleeping, tiredness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, swelling and bleeding of the gums and loss of appetite. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Phenytoin
- Can I use Phenytoin along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Phenytoin?
- What is the dosage of Phenytoin to be used?
- How should I use Phenytoin?
- How will Phenytoin work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Phenytoin be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Phenytoin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.